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Collection Number: 04507

Collection Title: Mena Webb Papers, 1860-1987

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Size 350 items (2.0 linear feet)
Abstract Mena Fuller Webb is a writer and creative writing teacher of Durham, N.C. The collection includes chiefly correspondence, printed material, typescripts and proofs, and pictures collected or produced by Mena Webb in the course of writing Jule Carr: General without an Army (1987), a biography of Julian Shakespeare Carr (1845-1924), industrialist and philanthropist of Durham. Included are letters from members of the Carr family concerning recollections of Julian S. Carr, original letters from Carr to members of his family, photographs of Carr and of individuals and scenes associated with him, and the 1888 cornerstone box with contents from Carr's Durham home, Somerset Villa. Some items are photocopies with originals in private hands or at various repositories. The Addition of August 2002 contains transcripts of letters by Margaret Louise Cannon, a member of the Carr family, to her relatives in Concord, N.C., while she was on a trip to Europe in 1900. The Addition of January 2007 contains a scrapbook belonging to Lida M. Carr Flower, Julian Shakespeare Carr's daughter, containing genealogical materials pertaining to the Bickley, Borden, Carr, Norris, Parrish, and Ward families, as well as newspaper clippings pertaining to Lida Flower and her husband, banker Henry Corwin Flower, and excerpts of writings about Lida Flower by Mena Webb.
Creator Webb, Mena.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mena Webb Papers #4507, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Mena Webb of Durham, N.C., and Austin H. Carr of Winston-Salem, N.C., in November 1987. Addition of August 2002 (Acc. 99304) and addition of January 2007 (Acc. 100574) received from Mena Webb.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Mena Fuller Webb is a writer and creative writing teacher of Durham, N.C.

Between 1975 and 1986, Mena Webb undertook the writing of a biography on Julian Shakespeare Carr (1845-1924). Carr, more than any other individual, was responsible for the striking growth experienced by the city of Durham in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through the growth of his business, Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco.

Webb's work was inspired by her own childhood recollections of "General" Carr, as he was known to everyone in his day, with whose grandchildren she had played at the Carr mansion, Somerset Villa. A good deal of Webb's research involved personal recollections of her childhood friends, with whom she conducted an extensive correspondence, collecting letters, clippings,and artifacts, in addition to memories. Jule Carr: General without an Army was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1987.

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The collection includes chiefly correspondence, printed material, typescripts and proofs, and pictures collected or produced by Mena Webb in the course of writing Jule Carr: General without an Army (1987), a biography of Julian Shakespeare Carr (1845-1924), industrialist and philanthropist of Durham. Included are letters from members of the Carr family concerning recollections of Julian S. Carr, original letters from Carr to members of his family, photographs of Carr and of individuals and scenes associated with him, and the 1888 cornerstone box with contents from Carr's Durham, N.C., home, Somerset Villa. Some items are photocopies with originals in private hands or at various repositories. The Addition of August 2002 contains transcripts of letters by Margaret Louise Cannon, a member of the Carr family, to her relatives in Concord, N.C., while she was on a trip to Europe in 1900. The Addition of January 2007 contains a scrapbook belonging to Lida M. Carr Flower, Julian Shakespeare Carr's daughter, containing genealogical materials pertaining to the Bickley, Borden, Carr, Norris, Parrish, and Ward families, as well as newspaper clippings pertaining to Lida Flower and her husband, banker Henry Corwin Flower, and excerpts of writings about Lida Flower by Mena Webb.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1975-1986.

About 220 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Most of these letters were written to Mena Webb by members of the Carr family, often at her prompting, and cotnain personal recollections of Julian Shakespeare Carr, his wife, and his children. Also included is correspondence Webb collected through inquires to other sources, both individuals and institutions.

Folder 1

Carr, A. Marvin, Jr. #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 1

Folder 2

Carr, Austin H., Jr. #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 2

Folder 3

Carr, Claiborn, Jr. #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 3

Folder 4

Carr, Julian S., III #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 4

Folder 5

Carr, Rufus Tucker #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 5

Folder 6

Chapman, Laura Noell Carr #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 6

Folder 7

Dorman, J. Carr #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 7

Folder 8

English, J. Carr #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 8

Folder 9

Flower, Henry Corwin, Jr. #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 9

Folder 10

Kline, Ruth Patton #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 10

Folder 11

Lester, Ruth Flower #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 11

Folder 12

Quisenberry, Mary Evelyn Carr #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 12

Folder 13

Sanger, Mary Ann Carr #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 13

Folder 14

Letters to Carr family members from Webb #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 14

Folder 15

Miscellaneous letters from Carr family members #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 15

Folder 16

Miscellaneous non-Carr family letters #04507, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1975-1986." Folder 16

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About 130 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Printed materials, copies of records, and business letters of Julian Shakespeare Carr, and other material relating to researching the various aspects of Carr's life. Some original Carr items, among them letters from him to family members, are included.

Folder 17

Blackwell, W. T. #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 17

Folder 18

Carr, J. S.: Copies of miscellaneous papers #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 18

Folder 19

Carr, J. S.: Original letters from him to family members #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 19

Folder 20

Chapman, Laura Noell Carr #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 20

Folder 21

Confederate records #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 21

Folder 22

Green, C. Sylvester, ed., General Julian S. Carr: Centennial Observance of his Birth (1946) #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 22

Folder 23

Miscellaneous #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 23

Folder 24

Newspaper clippings #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 24

Folder 25

Occoneechee and B. S. Skinner #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

Somerset Villa #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 26-27

Folder 28a

Sons of J. S. Carr: University of North Carolina scholarship records #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 28a

Folder 28b

Soon(g), Charlie #04507, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1890-1986." Folder 28b

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Typescript and Proofs for Jule Carr: General without an Army, 1986-1987.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985.

61 items.

Photographs, except where otherwise noted.

P-4507/1: Julian Shakespeare Carr, ca. 1915 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/2: Somerset Villa, Carr's manion, front view, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/3: Somerset Villa, side view, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/4: Cornerstone box from Somerset Villa, 1920s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/5a: Photograph of portrait of Carr, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/5a-b: Photograph of portrait of Carr: Taken by Rufus Tucker Carr, 1980s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/6: Hotel Carolina, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/7: Carr, Eliza Pannill Bullock: Carr's mother, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/8: Carr, Eliza Pannill, 13 July 1879 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/9: Carr, John Wesley: Carr's father, March 1872 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/10: Carr, Nannie Graham: Carr's wife, 1880s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/11: Carr, Eliza Morehead: Carr's daughter, August 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/12: Carr, Lallah Ruth: Carr's daughter, ca. 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/13: Carr, Julian Shakespeare, Jr., ca. 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/14: Carr, Albert Marvin: Carr's son, ca. 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/15: Carr, Claiborn Marcellus: Carr's son, ca. 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/16: Carr, ca. 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/17: Carr, Albert Gallatin: Carr's brother, June or July 1881 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/18: Soon, Charles Jones (later Soong), 1880s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/19: Parrish, D. C., Colonel, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/20: Morehead, Eugene, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/21: Parrish, Edward J., 1880s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/22: Halcott, J. B.: Architect of Somerset Villa, 1880s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/23: Parrish, Lily Virginia, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/24a: Parrish, Rosa Bryan, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/24b: Lockhart, Emma A., winter 1887 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/25: Heartt, E. A., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/26: Number not used #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/27: Thurman, A. G., 1887 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/28: Carr, Annie E., 20 July 1885 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/29: Fuller, W. W., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/30: Fuller, T. B., 29 September 1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/31: Snow, H. W., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/32: Bryan, Elwood W., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/33: Campbell, Bell, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/34: Halliburton, William, Mrs., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/35: Cunningham, J. A., Mrs., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/36: Lockhart, John S., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/37: Southgate, Jas, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/38: Vaughn, Emma, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/39: Carr, Mary Ella (Mrs. William Guthrie), ca. 1860 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/40: Guthrie, Mr. and Mrs., and son William, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/41: Bain, W. C., undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/42: Cleveland, Grover: Stevengraph, ca. 1885-1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/43: Cleveland, Grover, Mrs.: Stevengraph, ca. 1885-1888 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/44: Carrancho: Ranch in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., owned by Edward Parrish Carr, Carr's nephew, 4 April 1916 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/45: Carrancho: Carr at Carrancho, spring 1916 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/46: Carrancho: Carr and Edward Carr, Carrancho, spring 1916 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/47: Carrancho: Carr in front of an orange tree in full bloom at Carrancho, spring 1916 (caption implies that Carr owned the orchard and Carrancho, but he did not; Carrancho belonged to his nephew, Edward Carr, whom Carr visited in the spring of 1916) #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/48: Carrancho: Carr and Japanese neighbors of Edward Carr at Carrancho #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/49: Carr standing under an arch somewhere in Pancho Villa'a territory, Mexico, spring 1916 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/50: Carrancho: Carr "permoning mornng ablutions at the lavatory at Carrancho," spring 1916 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/51: Carrancho: Edward Carr and Ortega at Carrancho, spring 1916 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/52: Flower, Lida Morehead Carr, ca. 1910 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/53: Shapshot of one of two urns given in gratitutde cy Charlie Soong to the Carr family, 1980s #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/54: Postcard of Somerset Villa, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/55: Waverly Honor: Carr's first home, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/56: Clipping of original advertisement for Sitting Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/57: Snapshot of an advertising broadside forBull Durham Smoking Tobacco: Photographed in an antiques store by J. Carr Dorman, 1985 #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

P-4507/58-59: Postcards of an unidentified residence and gardens, presumably belonging to the Carr family, undated #04507, Series: "4. Pictures, ca. 1860-1985." Folder 33

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1 item.

Copper box placed ceremoniously into the cornerstone of Somerset Villa, 29 September 1888. After the mansion was torn down following Carr's death, the box mysteriously disappeared. It was found nearly half a century later in the attic of Laura Noell Carr Chapman. A list of the contents can be found in folder 27. The items checked on the photocopy of this list are those that arrived with the box when it was received at the Southern Historical Collection (among other things, the currency and coins were missing). The photographs have been placed in Series 4.

MU-4507/1: Cornerstone box from Somerset Villa #04507, Series: "5. Museum Item, 1888." Folder 33

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1 item.

One document containing the transcripts of fifteen letters and postcards from Margaret Louise Cannon, a member of the Carr family, to her relatives in Concord, N.C., while she was on a trip to Europe from July to November 1900.

Folder 34

Transcript of letters by Margaret Louise Cannon #04507, Series: "Addition of August 2002 (Acc. 99304), 2001." Folder 34

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1 item.

One disassembled scrapbook belonging to Lida M. Carr Flower, Julian Shakespeare Carr's daughter, containing genealogical materials pertaining to the Bickley, Borden, Carr, Norris, Parrish, and Ward families. Also included are newspaper clippings pertaining to Lida Flower and her husband, Henry Corwin Flower, and excerpts of writings about Lida Flower by Mena Webb.

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

Scrapbook #04507, Series: "Addition of January 2007, 1904-1987 and undated." Folder 35-36

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Items separated include pictures (P-4507/1-59) and museum item (MU-4507/1).

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